Kia Tigers sign two ex-MLB pitchers
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Kia Tigers sign two ex-MLB pitchers

2015/12/02 18:35

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Kia Tigers said Wednesday they've signed two former major league pitchers.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) has acquired right-hander Hector Noesi and right-hander Zeke Spruill, both to one-year deals.

Noesi signed for US$1.7 million, becoming the second-highest paid foreign player in the KBO behind Esmil Rogers, a right-handed pitcher who got a $1.9 million deal from the Hanwha Eagles earlier Wednesday.

Noesi, 28, has a career major league record of 12-31 with a 5.30 ERA in 107 appearances, including 53 starts. He appeared in 10 games for the Chicago White Sox this year.

In his minor league career, Noesi has gone 35-28 with a 3.17 ERA in 123 appearances, 98 of them starts. The Tigers said Noesi can touch 96 miles per hour with his fastball and mix it with a changeup and a curve.

Spruill, 26, signed for $700,000. He has made 12 big league appearances, all of them in 2013 and 2014, with a 1-3 record and a 4.24 ERA. In the minors, he has gone 52-60 with a 3.86 ERA in 191 appearances, including 143 starts.

Zeke Spruill, seen here pitching for the United States against South Korea at the Premier 12 baseball tournament on Nov. 15, 2015, in Taipei, has signed with a South Korean baseball club, Kia Tigers. (Yonhap file photo) Zeke Spruill, seen here pitching for the United States against South Korea at the Premier 12 baseball tournament on Nov. 15, 2015, in Taipei, has signed with a South Korean baseball club, Kia Tigers. (Yonhap file photo)

Spruill represented the United States at last month's Premier 12 tournament and pitched against South Korea in Group B action. He tossed six shutout innings, allowing only three singles in a no-decision, as the United States prevailed 3-2 in 10 innings.

Last month, the Tigers said they will bring back infielder Brett Pill for his third KBO season at $900,000.

KBO teams can each carry three foreign players and at least one must be a position player. The expansion KT Wiz, which joined the KBO in 2015, are allowed to have four players from overseas in their first two seasons.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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